The Lake Louise Gondola
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Sightseeing in Lake Louise & Banff National Park!

Located in Banff National Park, the Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift, Gondola & Interpretive Centre offers a unique opportunity to dine in the beautiful Lodge of Ten Peaks, ascend to an awe-inspiring viewpoint, and to learn why we are the Home of the Grizzly Bear.


The Lake Louise Gondola

Lake Louise Gondola All lift and gondola visits begin with a pre-ride Visitor Welcome orientation. This brief presentation will ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, while enlightening guests about our unique surrounding here in Banff National Park.

Guests enjoy a relaxing 14 - minute ride, with the choice of a four passenger open chair or fully enclosed gondola, to an elevation of 2088 m / 6850 ft. Incredible views of the majestic Rocky Mountain, wildflowers, natural springs and maybe even some wildlife are highlights of the ride.




Wildlife Interpretation Centre

Skoki LodgeIn 2004, the Banff Heritage Tourism Corporation awarded our education programs as the Best Heritage Product or Service offered in the Bow Valley area. These award-winning programs are offered regularly each day.

Complimentary theatre style programs are offered throughout the day. Topics include Grizzly Bears and natural history of the area.

A 45 minute guided walk is offered on the upper mountain throughout the day. Participating in walks gives a broader view and understanding of this incredible area. There is an additional charge for this offering and space is limited.


Dining at Lake Louise

Skoki LodgeThe Lake Louise Gondola offers delicious buffet breakfast and lunch options. For those who prefer something straight off the grill, our general cafeteria breakfast and lunch menus are sure to please. You can also Enjoy a delicious gourmet meal at the top of the Gondola inside the Whitehorn Bistro's dining room, or out on the patio which boasts one of the most incredible panoramic mountain views anywhere.

Groups buffet & Plate Service dinners are also available. Please contact our group services department for more information.

Our large parking lot provides abundant motor coach parking space in front of the Lodge of Ten Peaks.



Hiking Trails

If you're looking to experience the sights and sounds of Lake Louise on foot there are several scenic hiking trails available which range from 1.7 to 3.4 km round trips. These trails, which are all located at the top of the sightseeing lift just above the wildlife corridor closure area, guarantee some of the most magnificent views in the Rockies. Click on the summer hiking trail map below for details.

We also offer guided walks. Guided walks last 45 minute and addresses a question most of us have while in bear country "What should I do if I see a bear?". We will learn how to stay safe in bear country while keeping bears safe as well. click here for more details.

Important Notes For Hikers:

  • Due to the presence of an active wildlife corridor, hiking is not permitted on the lower mountain. Those hiking on the upper mountain must use the lift when returning to the base lodges and parking area.
  • Trails may close at any time due to presence of bears. Hiking in closed areas is not permitted.
  • Hikers must be prepared for changing weather and trial conditions. Like anywhere in Banff Nation Park, assistance may not be readily available if needed.
  • We strongly recommend hiking in close groups of 4 or more.
  • Hike at your own risk. Hikers accept full responsibility for their own safety and well being.



Grizzly Bear & Animal Sightings

Skoki LodgeFrequent animal sightings, including grizzly bears, occur almost daily at the Lake Louise Gondola! Some of the animal you may see during your visit include; Grizzly bears, black & brown bears, cougars, lynx, mountain goats, wolves, elk, mule & whitetail deer, moose, big horn sheep, wolverines, and many others.

We started keeping a grizzly bear & animal sightings calendar in 2009 to show the days visitors reported major animal sightings. The calendar is updated daily from opening day (early May) until close (late September). Click to see the calendars.


Female grizzly eating clover

Grizzly Bear Sightings

The Lake Louise Gondola is one of the best places on earth to see wild grizzly bears in their natural environment. With almost daily sightings, many of our quests are treated to this rare and awesome spectacle of nature.

Click here to view our Grizzly Bear & Wildlife Sightings Calendar.


Note Regarding Pets

guide dogFor safety reasons pets of any kind are not permitted on the Gondola with exception of Disability Assistance Pets such as Guide Dogs for the visually impaired. If you have a special needs pet aid that you wish to accompany you on the Gondola please let our ticket staff know and we will do all we can to accommodate you.

Lodge of the Ten Peaks

The Lodge of the Ten Peaks

This award-winning lodge is a beautiful venue for conventions, receptions or any special event! Click below for more information

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